CELTIC have missed out on a potential transfer windfall in Ki Sung-Yueng’s move to Newcastle today.

The South Korean international midfielder has agreed a two-year deal with the St James’s Park club after leaving Swansea at the end of his contract.

In recent times, the Hoops have picked up percentages of deals with the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Victor Wanyama quitting Southampton for Liverpool and Spurs respectively.

But no fee was involved in Ki joining Rafa Benitez’s side and he will officially become their player tomorrow when his deal with the Welsh club expires.

He cost Swansea, who were relegated at the end of the campaign, £6million when he switched from the Parkhead outfit six years ago.

Ki said: “I’m so pleased I can join the club. I was always pleasantly surprised when I came to St. James’s Park to play against Newcastle – there is a great atmosphere and the passion from the fans is a great support to the players.

“Everyone knows how big this club is, so I’m really looking forward to playing with my team-mates and for the fans.”

* PETERHEAD have completed the signing of veteran striker Derek Lyle who has left Queen of the South. Dumbarton, East Fife, Stirling Albion and Irish side Linfield were also interested in the 37-year-old frontman.

* DUNDEE new boy Jean Mendy scored on his debut in the 1-1 draw with Brechin City in the friendly at Glebe Park last night.

* FORMER Dunfermline midfielder Ryan Thomson has joined Dumbarton on a one-year deal. He played for Stranraer last season.

* LEAGUE Two sides Stirling Albion and Elgin City have signed Dundee keepers Calum Ferrie and Kyle Gourlay on six-month loan deals.


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Acclaimed author Alex Gordon wrote the biography of Scotland international legend Denis Law, entitled 'King and Country'. He is a former columnist with World Soccer magazine and Scottish correspondent of respected European journal L'Equipe.

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